Sunday, April 25, 2010

William: One Month Old

William is one month old today! It's been a busy month and time has really gone by quickly. Just yesterday, we rearranged all of the bedrooms so that William now has his own room, Charlotte has the same one with some different furniture, and we have our room all to ourselves again.

Here are a few photos from our trip to the park this afternoon.

A soother?! Say it ain't so!

Thanks to all our family and friends who have visited, helped, and supported us. Keep your eyes open for... you guessed it! William's two-month post!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

March 2010 Slideshow

March was a whirlwind month with lots of events, activity, visitors, and the big arrival of William! Click here to see the slideshow, or see the photo album list in the sidebar.

Also, we are happy to announce the addition of "William's Wall" to the sidebar along with "Charlotte's Corner". Charlotte has over 120 photos now, and William is starting out with five and more to follow.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Charlotte's Second Chess Lesson

Tonight Charlotte had her second Chess lesson. Her first was in September (read the post here) so we're on track for about one a year. Seems to be working.

Something that hasn't changed: Charlotte's stacking strategy. On the other hand, not a single piece got chewed on.

What a move! Bg4+! Now that Charlotte is talking more, she's able to pick up words easily. She learned all the names of the pieces although "Bishop" was the toughest one. "Pawn" and "Queen" were the easiest, and I figured "Horsey" (she knew this without me telling her) was acceptable!

Looks like a Chess champ to me! This was a fun 20 minute activity which she actually played on her own for a portion of. Next lesson... sometime in the fall probably!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

iPhone Apps: Three Fun And Free Apps

Having two kids has made things busy and we've had less time for the non-essential computer work than in the past. On the other hand, it's created more windows of "downtime" where we can sneak in a game or two, do some browsing, or look up some new apps.

I came across a set of three apps by the same developer, all which are small and simple, are free to download, and provide easy entertainment for the few minutes you may have here or there.


A simple yet fast paced puzzle game, Valistroke is one where you trace a path within a grid, hitting all of the numbers - in order - before reaching the goal.

To make things more interesting, using as much space as possible gets you extra points, and a timer forces you to move as quickly as possible (more points for that too).

Planet Simulation

While not technically a game, Planet Simulation is very interesting, and you can try to invent some challenges of your own. The program lets you launch various types of stars and planets which orbit the sun and react to the gravitational pull of all the other bodies in play.

Watch out, planets have a strong pull towards each other, so you aren't likely to get too many of them orbiting properly at the same time. For fun, send off 20 or more to see what ensues!

Cat Shot

Always dreamed about being a cat, shooting cute flying fish out of the air with a large sling shot? Here is your chance! In this simple game, shoot down as many fish as you can in a set amount of time to score the most points possible.

Watch out, it takes time to reload! I really like the animation of the cats in this game, although most of it has no direct effect on play.


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Monday, April 12, 2010

William's Baby Dedication

Yesterday, we had William dedicated at our church by our pastor, Ed Byskal. We were very pleased to have him do this as he also did the dedication for Charlotte.

William's Baby Dedication with our pastor, Ed Byskal.

He had some very moving things to say; Things we will always remember while raising William. We are extremely thankful for his dedication and the time he spent in consideration of it.

Also, we are happy that both my parents and Natasha's Mom were able to be there. They've all been here since before William was born, and we greatly appreciate the help and guidance they have given us over the past few weeks.

Afterwards, we got a few photos outside of the four of us.

Us four!

You may notice that Charlotte is not in the first photo. After about two minutes of me holding her, her squirming forced me to put her down and to take the extraordinary measure of handing her off to Natasha's Mom (as far as we know, the first time this has ever happened).

Lastly, thanks to Natasha and our Mothers for coordinating our outfits!

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Friday, April 02, 2010

And Then There Were Four!

With the addition of William, "Trooper Plus Two" no longer fit, and what you see now is our new blog title:

"Us Four, Adventure Galore!"
"The Story of Four Best Friends' Quest For Adventure!"

Expect all the same from us, plus all the adventure William will add to the mix!

Update: Apr 3, 2010 12:13pm PST

We now also have "William's Wall" in the left column along with "Charlotte's Corner". Watch for monthly additions to this feature for both kids now!

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